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Also Known As: William M. Hurt Died:
Born: March 20, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Washington, Washington D.C., USA Profession: Cast ... actor
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The textbook model of the sensitive leading man, Oscar-winning actor William Hurt was a major player in 1980s cinema who was typically cast as a detached intellectual type and easily at his best playing characters who were physically or emotionally damaged. Reputed for his mercurial temperament both on and off the set, Hurt maintained somewhat of a contentious relationship with Hollywood for most of his career, but nonetheless came to attention opposite Kathleen Turner in the steamy "Body Heat" (1981), before standing out in the ensemble cast of Lawrence Kasdan's classic drama "The Big Chill" (1983). Following his breakthrough role as a flamboyantly gay window dresser in "Kiss of the Spider Woman" (1985), Hurt was vaulted to the upper tier of Hollywood leading men. He earned more critical acclaim for "Children of a Lesser God" (1986) and "Broadcast News" (1987) before falling off the radar for a time with supporting roles in less-than-stellar projects like "I Love You to Death" (1990), "Mr. Wonderful" (1993) and "Michael" (1996). Bowing down to Hollywood as the star of the disappointing big screen adaptation of "Lost in Space" (1998), Hurt recovered with a brief, but Oscar-nominated performance in "A History of Violence" (2005). With his wounded portrayal of a scientist grieving the murder of his wife on the second season of "Damages" (FX, 2007-2010) and his portrayal of Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson in "Too Big to Fail" (HBO, 2011), Hurt cemented his reputation as a passionate artist more concerned with creating great roles than churning out "bland pabulum for the masses."

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